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Author Dehner, George, author.

Title Influenza : a century of science and public health response / George Dehner.

Imprint Pittsburgh, Pa. : University of Pittsburgh Press, 2012.
Publication Info. 2012


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Description 1 online resource (viii, 285 pages)
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction : wagers and unexpected outcomes -- Influenza : virus and history -- The forgotten pandemic remembered -- Breakthroughs -- Setbacks -- The forecast calls for pandemics -- "Chance favors the prepared mind" -- An act of will -- A different interpretation emerges -- WHO decides -- A program begins and ends and an epidemic appears -- The continuing lessons of influenza's history.
Summary "In 1976, the outbreak of a new strain of swine flu at the Fort Dix, New Jersey, army base prompted an unprecedented inoculation campaign. Some forty-two million Americans were vaccinated as the National Influenza Immunization Program hastened to prevent a pandemic, while the World Health Organization (WHO) took a wait-and-see approach. Fortunately, the virus did not spread, and only one death occurred. But instead of being lauded, American actions were subsequently denounced as a "fiasco" and instigator of mass panic. In Influenza, George Dehner examines the wide disparity in national and international responses to influenza pandemics, from the Russian flu of 1889 to the swine flu outbreak in 2009. He chronicles the technological and institutional progress made along the way and shows how these developments can shape an effective future policy. Early pandemic response relied on methods of quarantine and individual scientific research. In the aftermath of World War II, a consensus for cooperation and shared resources led to the creation of the WHO, under the auspices of the United Nations. Today, the WHO maintains a large and proactive role in responding to influenza outbreaks. International pandemic response, however, is only as strong as its weakest national link--most recently evidenced in the failed early detection of the 2009 swine flu in Mexico and the delayed reporting of the 2002 SARS outbreak in China. As Dehner's study contends, the hard lessons of the past highlight the need for a coordinated early warning system with full disclosure, shared technologies, and robust manufacturing capabilities. Until the "national" aspect can be removed from the international equation, responses will be hampered, and a threat to an individual remains a threat to all"--Provided by publisher.
Note Print version record.
Subject Influenza -- Prevention.
Influenza -- Epidemiology.
Influenza -- History.
Communicable diseases -- History.
Epidemics -- History.
Communicable Disease Control -- history.
History, 19th Century.
History, 20th Century.
History, 21st Century.
Influenza, Human -- history.
Influenza, Human -- prevention & control.
International Cooperation -- history.
Pandemics -- history.
Pandemics -- prevention & control.
HEALTH & FITNESS -- Diseases -- General.
MEDICAL -- Clinical Medicine.
MEDICAL -- Diseases.
MEDICAL -- Evidence-Based Medicine.
MEDICAL -- Internal Medicine.
MEDICAL -- History.
Communicable diseases. (OCoLC)fst00869883
Epidemics. (OCoLC)fst00914079
Influenza. (OCoLC)fst00972493
Influenza -- Epidemiology. (OCoLC)fst00972497
Influenza -- Prevention. (OCoLC)fst00972502
Genre/Form Electronic books.
History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Other Form: Print version: Dehner, George. Influenza. Pittsburgh, Pa. : University of Pittsburgh Press, 2012 9780822961895 (DLC) 2011048865 (OCoLC)761852965
ISBN 9780822977858 (electronic bk.)
0822977850 (electronic bk.)
9780822961895 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
Standard No. ebc2039282
AU@ 000054189547
CHBIS 010480248
CHVBK 336938519
DEBBG BV042794578
DEBBG BV044050782
DEBSZ 423660438
DEBSZ 433560355
GBVCP 1003711197
NZ1 14538754

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